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How To Properly Apply Blush

posted on: 4.24.2015

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I've come to realize that a lot of people just have no idea how to apply blush. I never knew this was something that stumped so many people! And before I get into more detail, I would like to note that there really is no "wrong" or "right" way to apply blush- it's all a matter of preference. The way I'm going to show you guys today is the way I find is the most flattering on all face shapes. It's easy to get carried away with blush, but it's important to use a light hand when applying it. Here's a pro tip: wait to apply blush after you do your eye makeup and lips. If you're doing a bright lip, you will not need to wear a lot of blush. Having your lips and eyes done first will help you gauge how much blush you actually need to wear. Total game changer!

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As a general rule of thumb, don't apply blush solely on the apples of your cheeks (like seen above). In fact, you don't want your blush to get too close to your nose. If you stick two fingers next to your nose, that's a good starting point for your blush, but even then it might still look clown-ish. Which is why I always recommend to my clients to apply their blush like this:

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In all of my years working as a makeup artist, this is hands down the most flattering way to apply blush. I like starting from the hairline and working my way inwards, almost like contouring my face with the blush. You aren't applying the blush in the hollows of your cheekbones, and you aren't applying it on the tops of your cheekbones... You're doing it right in between those two areas.

Now let's talk about tools. I never recommend using the blush brush applicator that comes with most blushes. Get a real blush brush! The one I'm using in these photos is the MAC 168 brush, which is an ultra soft brush and is one of my all time favorites (it's great for highlighting, for blush, and for contouring). If you don't want to splurge on the MAC brush, then I absolutely recommend the Real Techniques Blush Brush. It's a total steal and incredibly soft!

So what do you think? How do you apply blush?


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THE REVIEW: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

posted on: 4.21.2015

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At this point, I'm sure you've already heard all the hype surrounding NARS' newest foundation: the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. For such a wordy foundation name, does it live up to all the hype? How does it compare to the Sheer Matte Foundation? Does it really only take one drop to cover your entire face? Is it worth the money? Well, I have lots of answers for you. If you don't feel like reading this whole review, here's a condensed version in the form of answers to those four questions: Yes, much better, yes, and YES. But I'm sure you want more than a one-word or two-word answer. Read on for the full review!

Let me preface this review by saying that I have combination skin that tends to be more oily when it's warm out (which, let's be real, is like every damn day in Florida). I get greasy real quick, and I also have acne and lots of acne scarring that needs to be covered up. On good skin days, the NARS Sheer Matte foundation was perfect. It really enhanced my skin, but if I had broken out, I needed lots of concealer. With this new NARS foundation, it does a pretty great job at covering up most of my redness from the acne scarring and looks like my skin, but ten times better. Plus, I don't really have to set my face with powder since the Luminous Weightless Foundation dries to a demi-matte finish. Hurray!

And yes, one drop is really all you need. On my bad skin days, I'll do two drops, but really, that's overkill. I didn't believe this claim at first so I did three pumps on my first try and... well, that was a waste of product. Learn from my mistake! This foundation is rather pricey, so I promise you that one drop is enough. And if you use one drop, this foundation will last a pretty long time! I would say that this foundation is medium coverage and totally buildable. I mean, if you want PERFECT looking skin, I would say that two drops are doable, and will give you more of a full coverage look. The great thing about this foundation is that regardless of how many drops you spread on your face, it still feels completely weightless. It doesn't even feel like there's anything there!

There are a few cons, though. If your skin is drier, then this is not the foundation for you. I would stick with the Sheer Glow Foundation if you get dry patches. Since this foundation dries to a demi-matte finish and is meant to last all day, it will cling to any dry spots. No bueno. Also, this foundation is pretty expensive, coming in at $48 for 1 ounce of product. Yikes. But if you want great looking skin, then I think it's totally worth it.

Have you tried the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation? What are your thoughts?

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 58

posted on: 4.19.2015

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Happy Sunday! I hope you've all had a good week. Just a heads up: this is going to be the last Weekend Wrap Up for the next couple of weeks. It will resume as soon as I come back from Europe. So expect a super sized, more awesome edition of Weekend Wrap Up next time! I was going to try scheduling ahead some WWU's, but I thought it was kinda silly to do that. I'll be back in a couple of weeks, so if you miss me that much, make sure you follow me on Instagram to see what I've been up to over in Europe! In the meantime, here's what you've missed this past week on Brikasia.

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// Jamming Out //

One of my favorite bands, 21 Pilots, is releasing a new album soon (hurray), and in the meantime they've dropped two singles of their album. I'm 100% obsessed with one of these singles, "Tear in my Heart." It's so jamworthy and the music video is kinda trippy. Check it out below!


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THE EDIT: Festival Beauty

posted on: 4.17.2015

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Music festival season is here, and if you're like me, this is your favorite time of year. I try to attend at least one music festival each year, but unfortunately this year I won't be able to make it out to a festival. While that is pretty much ripping me up inside, I'm still game for sporting festival beauty around town. I'm really loving all the gold and peach tones that are big this season. Plus, I threw in some bright pops of color because really, is there anything more fun than bright festival makeup? I think not.
  1. Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
  2. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  3. Sephora Waterproof Retractable Brow Pencil
  4. AILA #likeaboss Nail Polish
  5. Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter
  6. Stila Convertible Color in Lillium
  7. Eyeko Liquid Metal Eyeliner
  8. It CosmeticsVitality Cheek Stain
  9. Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
  10. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
  11. RGB Nail Color in Rose Gold
  12. Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara
  13. Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in Goldilux
  14. Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette
  15. NARS The Multiple in South Beach
  16. Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion
  17. Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic
  18. La Bella Figura Travel Therapy

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A Quick Programming Note...

posted on: 4.15.2015

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Hi guys! Just wanted to let you guys know that I pretty much be gone from social media for the next two weeks, as I'll be visiting my best friend in Spain. As soon as I get back, I'll be sure to respond to comments and e-mails! I'll also be launching an awesome giveaway in the beginning of May, so you have that to look forward to, as well.

So now that we have that taken care of, do you guys have any recommendations on things to do in Spain and Paris? And products that you can only get in those countries that I should try out? Please share and I'll do my best to do/try whatever you recommend! I know a lot of people are recommending that I try out all the different artisanal soaps that can be found in Spain's pharmacies and stores. Anything else?

(Header photo courtesy of my bff, Rosie, in Madrid!)

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